It is fun to watch the popular press discover the technologies that are integral to our every day work at the Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis. Today Vox has posted a piece by a fairly spatial reporter, Brad Plumer, that shows 15 pairs of satellite images highlighting some amazing examples of landscape change. They would be more fun if the subject matter weren't so serious (e.g., the disappearance of the Aral Sea).
This is pretty much the intersection of geomatics and planning at Rutgers. And if that interests you, I highly recommend the Fall 2015 class, 11:216:371 Introductory Remote Sensing and Image Analysis (formerly known as Air Photo).